We Are But Needy & Dependent Spiritual Infants (HC LD 52, Q/A 127-129)

In 1 Peter 2:2–3, the Apostles Peter compares his readers to infants. Imagine yourself as a spiritual infant. You are helpless and need to be cared for. You are loved, and yet you cry often and need to be coddled. You need to be dressed, fed, and changed. You are not strong and independent, you are weak and dependent. Can you picture yourself as a helpless, weak, and dependent infant as you relate to your heavenly Father? Too often we feel self-sufficient like the superhero that needs to...

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Constant Confession Is Not Condemnation but Comfort (HC LD 51, Q/A 126)

When Jesus taught his disciples how to pray, he focused them in on something extremely important for their everyday walk of faith: recognition and confession of sin. Jesus taught his disciples to pray, “and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.” Jesus taught his disciples to continually recognize and confess their sins and to ask God for gracious forgiveness. Why would he do this? Why would Jesus instruct his disciples to constantly remember their sinfulness? It was as...

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All That We Have Is from God (HC LD 50, Q/A 125)

Why would we ask God for things we already have? I can go into the kitchen and get clean and delicious water from my reverse osmosis tap. My pantry and refrigerator are filled with delicious food. Hanging in my walk-in closet, which also happens to be my office, are plenty of clothes. I have a house with indoor plumbing, a small storage shed out back, a Honda Odyssey and Civic, a laptop with adequate software to do my job, books to read, and even healthcare in the case of illness. EMS and...

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Do You Really Believe God’s Will Is Best for You? (HC LD 49, Q/A 124)

When Jesus taught his disciples to pray, “Thy will be done,” he was not teaching them to ask for something that he himself didn’t entirely desire. Jesus wanted God’s will more than anything, to do what most glorified God, even at the cost of great personal pain and suffering. The God-man, Jesus Christ, fell on his face in prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane and with the cross looming uttered these faithful words: “My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless...

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Praying for Church Growth (HC LD 48, Q/A 123)

What companies have the most physical locations around the world? The answer may surprise you. No, the top dog is not McDonald’s. Ranked number five with 25,860 locations is Kumon, the learning centers. Number four is Starbucks with 29,324 locations. McDonald’s ranks third with 37,240 locations. The second is Subway with 44,610. And the gold medal goes to none other than 7-Eleven with 62,105 locations. [1] Can you get Twinkies at all those locations? I hope so. I like Twinkies every now and...

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Grant Us (HC LD 47, Q/A 122)

What does it mean for God to grant us something? It means that He gives us something as a gift or He answers a request we have of Him. Think about visiting the White House. If you want to visit, I suggest you don’t just jump the fence and run to the door. That will end badly for you. If you want access to the White House, access must be granted to you. You can tour the White House by submitting a request to your Representative or Senator. When access is granted, you can take a tour, which...

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We Have a Good & Loving Father (HC LD 46, Q/A 120-121)

When Jesus taught his disciples how to pray in Matthew 6, he began with these important words: “Our Father.” Consider that very carefully. Why “Our Father”? Father is familial. Father is close. Father is warm. Growing up, I respected my father, and I trusted my father. My dad gave me good things growing up. He gave me a nice house, food, clothing, and support. He gave me presents at Christmas and on my birthday. My dad counseled me and gave me Biblical wisdom to apply to life. My dad...

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Why Is Prayer Necessary for Us? (HC LD 45, Q/A 116-119)

Imagine that you’re doing some project around the house, and your neighbor comes by and asks, “Do you need a hand with that?” How kind. But you quickly respond, “No, I think I got it. Thanks, though.” Why do we oftentimes decline a helping hand? Well, we feel like we have things under control. We got it. We don’t really need the help, so why inconvenience our neighbor if we’ve got it under control. Now, if things weren’t going well, if we were sweating, struggling, and maybe...

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The Comfort & Assurance of Baby Steps (HC LD 44, Q/A 113-115)

I’ve never seen a toddler run the 40. Toddlers don’t run, they toddle. Usain Bolt. Now there’s a guy who can run. In 2019, during Super Bowl weekend, Usain Bolt ran the 40 in 4.22 seconds. He ran a 4.22 in what appeared to be Puma loafers. He’s still blazing fast. When we think of baby steps, we don’t think of Usain Bolt. We think of a cute little kid waddling forward. He’s not fast. He’s not even steady, but he is making progress. There’s at least one thing that a toddler...

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Loving & Speaking the Truth When People Hate the Truth (HC LD 43, Q/A 112)

God says, “You shall not murder.” How do Christians go about having a rational and civil conversation with a woman holding a sign that says, “Abortion saves lives!”? She will probably not feel honored when you share your Biblical view of life with her, especially if she had an abortion. God reveals in plain language that He made human beings in His own image and made them male and female. How do Christians have respectful dialogue with people who applaud Facebook for giving 14 gender...

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